By Dustin Woodard.
Link baiting is all the buzz these days in the SEO industry. It’s really nothing new, people have been baiting for years. In fact, I’d say 98% of us would admit to baiting from time to timeâ€”and the other 2% are lying.
What does it take to be a master baiter? Besides hands and a keyboard, a master baiter should have a creative mind, marketing skills and, obviously, be web savvy. I also believe link baiting should be intentionalâ€”none of this my-hand-slipped-and-I-got-lucky crap.
Below is a list of people I think are the biggest Master Baiters in the search industry. These are the people who seem to be able to hook even those who know they are baiting them. I’m sure there are other private baiters out there, hidden under a corporate brand that might be able to rival these guys, but they don’t bait in public like these guys do. I admit that I’ve been baiting in private until this post.
The 10 Biggest Master Baiters in Search Are:
1) Rand Fishkin
2) Michael Gray
3) Nick Wilson
4) Andy Haggans
6) Andy Beal
7) Neil Patel
9) Brian Clark
10) Lyndon Antcliff
You may have noticed there are no females on the list. Its not that females don’t baitâ€”I think they’re just a bit more secretive about it. Want to Become a Master Link Baiter? Here are some tips:
- Study viral marketing techniques. Don’t worry, you’ll never catch a virus from baiting.
- Become friends with other master baiters. You know the saying that sales people are the easiest to sell to. Well, baiters can’t help but appreciate your creative baiting session and they can’t help but blog about it.
- Be creative and don’t give up. No matter how boring a site or industry may seem, there’s always at least one link bait waiting to happen. I once worked for a company that sold legal compliance manuals to human resource professionals (can’t get much more boring then that), but by creating a tax savings calculator and flexing my marketing muscles, we found link love from the WSJ, BusinessWeek, a number of HR magazines, hundreds of company intranets, and the top sites in the industry.
- Try different baiting techniques. Some baiters break news, others share research and some use humor. Also experience with the medium. Some prefer to bait with videos, some do it in person (Guy Kayawsaki), some use books (Aaron Wall), some hold contests, and some bait with photos.
So give baiting a try, but be realistic. Not everybody can be a master baiter.